Childs Lands First Spot On All-Time Team

Former Bronco great Chris Childs was the overwhelming choice as the top guard in Boise State basketball history. Childs grabbed the first spot on the all-time roster by receiving a whopping 68% of the vote. The other guard spot is up for grabs right now on the Taco Bell Arena board!

Chris Childs was the prototype Bobby Dye recruit. He had amazing athletic ability, was a good shooter that shot intelligent shots, played aggressive defense and excelled at the fundamentals. He had a great court awareness, seeming to be in the right place at the right time. This helped him be an excellent rebounder for the Broncos from his guard position. He also played with considerable poise and was never shaken on the court, even as a freshman. He was a thrill to watch for four seasons.

Childs' value to Boise State is apparent in his 118 career starts for the Broncos, an all-time record. He also holds school records for career steals (215) and free-throw percentage (81.8%). Childs is 5th in career points with 1,602 and carried a 13.6 scoring average through his four years. He is third in all-time assists only to Steve Connor and Coby Karl. Chris is third in three-point percentage to Brian King and Wilson Foster, connecting on 163 of 386 attempts for an impressive 42.2%. He is fourth in career free throws with 359 and 5th in free-throw attempts with 439. Chris is also fourth in career field goals with 540 and third in attempts with 1,219. Childs is tied for 6th in three-pointers and is 7th for three-point attempts.

Childs is 4th in the record books for free throw percentage in a season, hitting 85% (81-95) his junior year. He also ranks 8th for his sophomore year when he made 109 of 132 attempts for 82.6%. Childs is also ranked 3rd (45.0%) and 8th (43.7%) in three-point percentage for his junior and senior seasons, respectively. His defensive prowess is evidenced by his steals. Chris is ranked 4th, 5th and 7th all-time for his final three seasons at Boise State . He is the only player to be ranked in steals in three different seasons. Plus, he dished out 122 assists his senior year, tied for 7th all-time.

The 1987-88 team still is the standard at Boise State , with a record 24 wins. That team also set records with an incredible 52.4% field goal percentage and a three-point percentage of 44.7% as a team. They are also 2nd in steals with 308. Chris's sophomore team set a Bronco record with 344 steals and ranks 2nd in free-throw attempts (792), 3rd in free throws (544), 4th in field goal percentage (49.7%) and three-point percentage (39.1%) and 6th in points (2,196). In his senior season, Childs helped the Broncos shoot 49.6% (5th)--giving Chris a hand in three of the best five team shooting seasons in school history. They also hit 44.1% three-pointers, as Chris is represented on three of those five records as well. His senior team is also 2nd in steals allowed (158) and tied for 3rd in free throw percentage (71.9%).

But Childs' years at Boise State was the epitome of Coach Dye's philosophy—aggressive, hand-in-your-face defense. The 1987-88 team holds defensive records for scoring average-defense, limiting opponents to 56.3 points a game, and rebound average for opponents (29.1). They are also 3rd in points allowed (1,680), 4th in field goals allowed (580), three-pointers allowed (75) and three-point attempts allowed (231) and 5th in rebounds allowed (874) and assists allowed (312). The 1988-89 team is 2nd in scoring average defense (58.9), 3rd in field goals allowed (576), 4th in field goal attempts allowed (1,287). The 1986-87 team is 2nd in three-pointers allowed (68) and three-point attempts allowed (212) and 3rd in assists allowed (294).

Chris led the team in scoring his sophomore year with 300 points (10.7 average). He also was the best free throw shooter in three of his four seasons, joining only Abe Jackson and Steve Connor with that distinction. Chris hit 79.1% in 1985-86, 82.6% the following year and 85.3% his junior season. He paced the Broncos in three-point shooting his sophomore year, connecting on 47 of 116 attempts for 40.5%. In the years in which Doug Usitalo wasn't working his magic, Childs led the team in assists, collecting 84 his freshman season and 122 his senior year.

Childs played guard in the most successful four years in Bronco history—1985-1989. In his first year, Boise State was in a rebuilding year and went 12-16 overall and 6-8 in the Big Sky. However, the Broncos won 20 games for the first time as a four-year school in 1986-87, finishing 22-8 with a 10-4 Big Sky mark. They scored an impressive win over Cal-Irvine 80-71. A 78-77 upset loss to Idaho State in the opening round of the Big Sky Tournament landed them in their first-ever National Invitation Tournament. The Broncos hosted Utah in the opener and won 62-61. Childs and Boise State then traveled to Seattle and led Washington the entire first half before losing 73-68.

Childs' junior season, of course, was the magic year when the Broncos started the season 16-1 and were ranked #23 in the nation. They defeated St. Mary's 61-52 on the road and 56-48 at home and Gonzaga 89-49. Boise State defeated Idaho State 87-56 in the Big Sky Tournament and then downed host team Montana State 63-61 when Childs hit a layup with two seconds remaining to win the league title. Boise State was in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years. The Broncos drew Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, a well-schooled team that featured seven players that would go on to the National Basketball Association. Boise State fell behind by as many as 21 with 10:30 remaining, only to stage a furious comeback led by Childs that had the Broncos within 3 points. Boise State launched two three-point attempts that would have sent the game into overtime but both missed the mark. All told, the Broncos faced three Top 10 teams, and all were decided in the final seconds. Boise State lost to Wyoming 59-55 and 56-50 and then to Michigan 63-58.

Lest anyone think that Arnell Jones was the main reason for the success of 1987-88, Childs came back his senior year and led the team to a 23-7 record without Jones. The Broncos won the Big Sky title with a sparking 13-3 record, the same as the year before. They defeated Gonzaga 73-65, Wisconsin-Green Baby 68-66 and Pepperdine 63-60 on the road. With Childs guarding future NBA great Gary Payton, the Broncos scored their second win over a Top 20 opponent when they defeated Oregon State 53-43 in the Pavilion. Boise State defeated Weber State 71-60 in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament, but were upset by Idaho 59-52. Childs and the Broncos did land another bid in the NIT, where they faced Oklahoma State on the road.

Childs made an immediate impression when he was chosen as Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 1986, one of four Broncos to be so honored. He was an All-Big Sky selection in three of his four years, being named Conference Player of the Year in 1989. Childs and Arnell Jones are the only two Broncos to win that prestigious award. He was voted to the All-Tournament team in both 1988 and 1989, winning the Tournament Most Valuable Player Award in'88.

Chris is one of six basketball players in the Boise State Hall of Fame.

Childs played for five different teams in his first three seasons in the Continental Basketball League, but he eventually found a home with the Quad City Thunder, with whom he won a league title and an MVP award in 1994 after averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 assists a game. That success got the attention of NBA scouts, and he signed with the New Jersey Nets for the 1994-95 season. Chris played two years with the Nets, everaging 12.8 points in 1995-96. He was a valuable player with the New York Knicks for five seasons. He led the Knicks in assists (6.1 per game) as a starter during the 1996-97 season and was a big contributor off the bench during his next four years. A visible figure in the New York media, he also represented the Knicks on the 1998-99 NBA All-Interview Team and won the New York Press Photographers Association's 2000 "Good Guy Award" for his involvement with several charities and youth basketball programs.

In 2001, Childs was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues. He played with Toronto for 1 ½ seasons and briefly with the Nets again before finishing his career. Childs displayed the many talents he learned from Bronco Coach Bobby Dye in the NBA. He once played Michael Jordan so well defensively that, after eight seconds of Jordan dribbling and putting every possible move on Childs and being unable to shake him, the NBA official was forced to call a foul on Childs to prevent embarrassment to Michael.

In his NBA career that lasted a little more than eight years, Childs scored 3,710 points and had 1,308 rebounds, 2,633 assists, 490 steals and 54 blocked shots. He shot 40.3% (1,288-3,196) from the field, 81.6% (762-934) from the line and 34.4% (372-1,082) from three-point range in his NBA career. He averaged 6.9 points, 4.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds a game. Had he played a 40-minute game, those averages shoot up to 10.9 points, 7.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds a game.

Beginning in 1997, Chris averaged 10.4, 6.3, 4.7 and 5.4 points a game in four playoff runs with the Knicks. Childs helped the Knicks reach the NBA Finals in 1999, where they lost four games to one to the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000 before losing 4-2 to Indiana . Childs averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 assists with Toronto in 2001 and 11.8 points and 7.4 assists in the Raptors' five playoff games in 2002.

Childs led the entire NBA in Assists to Turnovers ratio in 2001-2002, and was ranked in the top ten in that category in four of his eight seasons. Chris earned $25,650,000 in his NBA career.


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